A Tribute to John Kinsman, Founder and Longtime President of Family Farm Defenders
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Movement for Civil Rights provides hope for millions of people and a diverse—and growing—array of social movements around the world. Dr. King’s commitment to human dignity and his keen structural analysis of racism informs much of the front-line work of Food Justice and Food Sovereignty.
Yesterday, on MLK Day, John Kinsman, farmer and tireless advocate for Food Sovereignty, passed away on his family farm in Lime Ridge, Wisconsin. John was a co-founder of Family Farm Defenders, Secretary of the National Family Farm Coalition and active member of Via Campesina. He was a loved and widely respected elder in the food and farm movement.
The people and movements for equity, dignity and liberation from injustice are grounded in deeply held feelings of love. Utopia, in this context, is a process of hope. It emerges in the vision and practice of struggle for a better world. Let the legacy of our leaders and elders live on in our hearts, our hands and our minds as we rebuild our food systems by transforming ourselves.